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The top two teams in the qualifications will clash in an exciting game during this international break, as Argentina will host Uruguay for their first encounter in two years. La Albiceleste are looking good after their 2022 World Cup win, and they are big favorites to qualify for the 2026 WC as well.
Argentina have been outstanding in the last few years, and they are currently at the top of the FIFA Rankings after winning the 2022 World Cup. La Albiceleste haven’t conceded any goals in the qualifications so far, and they are sitting comfortably at the top of the standings.
Uruguay have improved a lot under Bielsa. They are currently second in the qualifications after a strong showing against Brazil. La Celeste have scored the most goals in this tournament so far after four rounds, but they still need to improve their defense.
|ℹ️ Tournament:||CONMEBOL 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification, Matchday 5|
|🏟️Venue:||Estadio Alberto J. Armando, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|🗓️Date:||17 November 2023|
|⏰Time:||12 a.m. GMT on Friday|
According to the best football odds in South America, Argentina are the home favorites at 1.55 (11/20). A draw is offered at 3.75 (11/4), while Uruguay are the big away underdogs at 6.50 (11/2) to beat La Albiceleste.
Argentina are coming off an easy 2-0 away win over Peru in the WC 2026 qualifying tournament. Messi scored both goals in that game to give La Albiceleste the win. Lionel has surpassed his former teammate, Suarez, to be the highest-scoring player in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.
Uruguay are coming off a big 2-0 home win over Brazil. Nunez and da la Cruz scored the winning goals for La Celeste to put them in second place. That was the first win for Uruguay in 22 years over Brazil, so that will give them a huge boost and confidence for the rest of the qualifications.
|CONMEBOL Teams||Standings||Matches Played||Points|
The top six teams will qualify directly for the 2026 World Cup, while the 7th team will have another qualifying chance through the inter-confederation playoffs.
As of now, Argentina is leading the pack with a 100% result in the first 4 matches. The chasing group includes three teams: Uruguay, Venezuela, and Brazil, with the latter being the next opponent for Argentina on November 22.
In their last nine head-to-head matches, Argentina won six, drew twice, and Uruguay won once. The last time La Celeste beat Argentina away was in 2011 in the Copa America quarterfinals on penalties.
Argentina have been one of the best teams in the world, if not the best, in the last few months. They have yet to concede a goal in four games in the qualifications so far, so they have been solid defensively.
The WC 2026 qualifying odds for Argentina are enticing in this game, as they have beaten Uruguay in their last three head-to-head matches. La Albiceleste have won six of their last eight games by more than one goal.
Both teams are in great scoring form right now. Uruguay have scored at least a goal in nine consecutive matches in all competitions and should become the first team to disappoint the hosts. Argentina are on an astonishing 24-game scoring streak, and all the chances they will score even more than one goal.
Argentina have scored at least two goals in 12 of their last 14 games in all competitions. They have one of the best-attacking lines in the world, which consists of Messi, Alvarez, Martinez, and Gonzalez, with a lot of creativity in the middle from Mac Allister and Enzo, so scoring two goals at home shouldn’t be that hard for them.
Argentina will be quite healthy for this game, as they don’t have any crucial injuries.
Uruguay will miss Edinson Cavani after picking up an injury, while Suarez is back with the team.
The Argentinian team has been perfect so far in the qualifications, and they are playing at home, so they have a big advantage to get the win here. Make sure you use our Argentina vs Uruguay 2023 predictions and bet them at the bookmakers in Argentina to have more fun watching the game.